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On 18 March Minister of Interior Ramil Usubov and Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov withdrew their defamation lawsuits filed with Yasamal District Court against Azadliq newspaper chief editor Ganimat Zahid. “The plaintiffs pulled back their lawsuits as the newspaper published refutation. The court accepted the plaintiffs’ motion to withdraw and issued a decision of refusal to consider the case” Azadliq newspaper deputy chief editor, Rahim Hajiyev said in his interview to IRFS.
Background: Minister of Interior, Ramil Usubov, and Minister of Emergency Situations, Kamaladdin Heydarov, had filed two parallel defamation lawsuits against Azadliq chief editor Ganimat Zahid over the article “Ramil Usubov gets angry at Kamaladdin Heydar” published in the newspaper.
On 12 March the newspaper published a refutation and apologized to Ramil Usubov and Kamaladdin Heydarov.